Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Sinking of Titanic in Organ Music

Sinking of Titanic in Organ Music After a recent organ concert which contained music by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, John Apple was talking with Stefan Engels, and he related a short story about the Titanic, “Nearer My God to Thee,” and a … Continue reading

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Churches Struggling to Find Organists

Churches Struggling to Find Organists Some of us are looking for a good church organist position and some churches are looking for a good church organist. Here is an article and video from The Baltimore Sun that addresses the current … Continue reading

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A Princely Toccata, a Harp Solo, a New World Largo, and More Belgium Gems

April’s pieces begin with the only published organ piece of the late Bruce Prince-Joseph. There is a lovely solo for harp and the most recognizable Largo your audience will know, “Goin’ Home.” The last is another volume of the music … Continue reading

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Adeste Fideles: O Come, All Ye Willing

Variations on Adeste Fideles I hope I will get a taker for this request. I am working on restoring two of Eugene Thayer’s pieces that have not been as widely known as his others. Neither of these is on one … Continue reading

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Popular, Classic Music – Not Church

Popular, Classic Music – Not Church I received a terrific note from a German organist who feels as I do that we should play and promote all organ music, not just that with a religious relation. So, after reading his … Continue reading

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World Water Day 2017

World Water Day 2017 In honor or World Water Day, March 22, 2017, I would like to offer some of the pieces I’ve restored that relate to water. Matthews.Fountain.html Fletcher.FountainReverie.html Savage.CascadesInTheSunlight.html Dethier.Caprice.html Strauss-Lemare.BlueDanube.html

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David Rumsey Died Last February

David Rumsey Died Last February David Rumsey died from cancer on the 12th of February this year. His website, www.davidrumsey.ch, will be maintained as a resource. David was supportive of John and my efforts in restoring worthy organ music. There … Continue reading

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Albert Ketèlbey and Reginald Foort

Albert Ketèlbey and Reginald Foort If you were to ask for two iconic British composers who were organists, the top answer might well be these two giants. I am pleased to offer a recording by Foort from 1929 of Ketèlbey’s … Continue reading

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One of the Best

One of the Best I received a wonderful new recording of the A L Barnes Triple Fugue in G Minor to share with you. It’s by Jillian Gardner on the big Petty-Madden at Baylor University in Texas. You can visit … Continue reading

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One of the Worst

One of the Worst When looking for the best possible originals from which to make a restoration, I come across some with uneven quality. For this transcription, which runs 22 pages, I rejected it. There was just too much wrong … Continue reading

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